Yesterday we brought you the news that BJ Penn had informed Jon Fitch that the UFC aren’t interested in booking their rematch.
At the time we speculated that would mean that Penn would more than likely be paired up with fellow welterweight standout Carlos Condit, and indeed that appears to be the case.
“The people have spoken @bjpenndotcom, they want to see us scrap, let’s give em what they asked for,” Condit said in a Twitter message to Penn yesterday.
“@CarlosCondit Yup. Let’s do it! October 29th,” Penn replied shortly afterwards.
October 29th is expected to be the landing spot for UFC 137 in Las Vegas with Georges St.Pierre Vs Nick Diaz earmarked as the main event.
While most fans are excited by the prospect of a Penn Vs Condit bout which could establish the next fighter to take on the winner of GSP Vs Diaz, one man who’s clearly upset by this development is the division’s other top contender Jon Fitch.
He had originally been scheduled to have a rematch with Penn at UFC 132 following their majority draw earlier in the year, but shoulder surgery forced him to cancel that engagement and he’s now been left out in the cold.
“@bjpenndotcom you broke my heart, I thought you were a man of principle,” Fitch wrote.
It’s definitely an unfortunate set of circumstances for Fitch as he continues his rehab from his injury, and it looks like he’s yet again been snubbed in the hunt for a second shot at the 170lb title. It seems that once again he is paying the price for his decision-heavy record and for his refusal in recent years to fight his team-mates like Josh Koscheck.